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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:48 AM

In a City With Halal Grocers and a 'Bangladesh Avenue,' a Polish Pastry Endures

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In a City With Halal Grocers and a ‘Bangladesh Avenue,’ a Polish Pastry Endures

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/06/us/paczki-day-fat-tuesday-facts-history.html

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Customers waited in line for Paczki outside of New Palace Bakery, a Polish bakery in Hamtramck, Mich., on Tuesday.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times


By Mitch Smith

March 6, 2019

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. — It was 5:45 a.m. and 10 degrees — before the sunrise, before the first call to prayer sounded from the city’s mosques — and already the Fat Tuesday line had spilled out the bakery’s doors, onto the street, past the pizzeria, around the corner.

The reward at the end of the frigid wait: a box of paczki (pronounced “PAWN-chkee”), the doughy Polish pastries filled with custard or fruit or, for the less tradition-bound, stuffed with Cocoa Puffs cereal.

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Hamtramck’s transformation in recent decades is well documented and obvious. Storefronts now display signs in Arabic or Bengali. A main road was given an honorary name, “Bangladesh Avenue.” And after the 2015 election, Hamtramck’s City Council became the country’s first with a Muslim majority, a milestone that drew unwanted media attention and critical social media posts from ex-residents who left decades ago.

Through all the change, Paczki Day has only grown in visibility, becoming an all-day event (one famous bakery opens at 3 a.m.) during which local businesses serve paczki burgers and liquor-infused “paczki bombs.” Even a Yemeni-owned halal grocery store, which was formerly a Polish market, sells the pastries.

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Customers cheered for Paczki at the New Martha Washington Bakery. Paczki Day has been a pre-Lent event in Hamtramck for generations.CreditBrittany Greeson for The New York Times

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 09:59 AM

1. Sent this to my Detroit relatives. They are mixed Irish and Polish

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Response to MaryMagdaline (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 10:03 AM

2. The big industries - auto, steel - built a big mixing bowl.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 10:05 AM

3. Yep!

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 12:46 PM

4. This took me back ...

...to the great Polish bakery on Pulaski St in Newark NJ that I loved, growing up. No cheesecake has ever compared since.

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Response to Basic LA (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 03:57 PM

5. For me its perogi and pogach.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 04:37 PM

6. I shop in Hamtramck all the time!

Best kielbasa on the planet is made at Szrodek's.

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